• December 2, 2016 D+A Magazine

Spiritual Sanctuary: Spirit Rock Meditation Centre is not just a piece of architecture but a journey seeking peace between human and nature

Spiritual Sanctuary: Spirit Rock Meditation Centre is not just a piece of architecture but a journey seeking peace between human and nature

In the company of prairies and mountainous clusters of trees, the Spirit Rock Meditation Centre orchestrates a pacific harmony that blends with its building program. There seems to be no end in the expanse of the borderless site. Controlling the spatial values to ensure a welcoming vibe to the center, the immense structure is built on a single-storey elevation with respect to the existing geographical landscape. The building is carefully designed to blend in with the natural terrains of the site. The uniqueness lies in the beautiful land folds that naturally create the upper and lower levels of the center. Not messing up with the existing grassy fields, the building now enjoys mesmerizing views from the inside of the building. The goal is to truly connect the indoors and outdoors by locating the primary indoor spaces with a complimentary outdoor room. Whether it is the upper classroom connecting to the teaching terrace, the gathering room connecting to the entry terrace, or the Temple Hall linking to the meditation terrace that is set against the backdrop of the hillside and creeks, every space is designed to extend outwards; allowing the interior flow to permeate outside.

The team at Hart Howerton worked on the master plan, architecture and landscape design, and collaborated with Spirit Rock on developing the design of some of the signature interior spaces. From the octagonal Temple Hall to the symmetrical realization of the center, Spirit Rock has all the rights to draw attention from every corner of the building.

See the full article on Spirit Rock here.

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